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Chapter 12

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This is neither Europe nor Asia. Azerbaijan is a tangle of contradictions and contrasts, a centre of ancient empires and at the same time a “new” nation rapidly emerging on a petroleum-funded new economy.Let me start from the beginning…

Azerbaijan

AZERBAIJAN Baku     12TH October Checking out of the hotel, we leave Tbilisi anxious about the long drive to Azerbaijan’s capital of Baku.  We had read and heard scare stories from other travellers about police bribes and harassment so we were…